18 January 2010

Farran School Bulletin No. 1 (2009-2010)

  • Seven pupils left 6th class in June ’09 for the post primary sector.
  • Seventeen Junior Infants were enrolled for Sept. ’09.
  • We returned to a different looking school this Sept. During the summer break there was much needed work done to the building and the environs. With a grant we received from the Dept. of Education and financial support from the Parents Association, the old windows were replaced, a parking area was created, the childrens’ play area was extended, the old conifers were removed, a storage area was created within the school and the building was painted on the inside and outside. We also insulated the roof and walls of the entire building.
  • Helen Ryan is back with us again this year for P.E. classes with all the children.
  • Tin whistle classes with Cormac continue this year for the senior classes, while Speech and Drama classes organised by the Parents Association continue for the junior classes.
  • Well done to all who took part in the Cork City Sports. These were postponed in June and were held in Sept.
  • The children in 5th & 6th class introduced a monthly newsletter which is to be given out to all the families informing them of all the news and events in the school.
  • The senior classes took part in the football fixtures in Sciath na Scol during this term. We are very grateful to Paddy O’Sullivan who gave of his time and expertise during this campaign.
  • Representatives from the Éire Óg club visited the school with the trophy which the U12’s won in the county final. Two of our pupils, Jane and Marie were members of that winning team. Congratulations to all involved.
  • The Community Guard paid his usual visit to us and spoke to the children.
  • The Parents Association with the co-operation of the school held a fund raising “no uniform” day.
  • Siobhan, the Dental Health nurse came to talk to the children about oral hygiene.
  • The Parents Association produced a school calendar again this year.
  • A facilitator from the Department of Education & Science came to the school and held a workshop in Science, Geography and P.E. with each class group.
  • The Parent/Teacher meetings were held this year in Nov. and once again were very well supported.
  • Two gentlemen from the Lifetime Lab visited the school and gave a History workshop to the 5th & 6th class.
  • The Religious examiner visited the school and examined each class group in their religion.
  • The school nurse came to the school and examined the hearing of the children in senior infants, first and sixth classes.
  • The children in the junior classes went to the Firkin Crane Centre to Santa’s Magical Christmas in early Dec.
  • The Parents Association produced a lovely school calendar again this year.
  • The children in 6th class got their booster injections in the health clinic in St. Finbarr’s Hospital.
  • To acknowledge the financial support we received from the Dept. of Education & Science, without which, we could not have achieved the works mentioned previously in the bulletin, we invited the Minister, Mr. Batt O’Keeffe to the school. Unfortunately this visit, organised for early Dec.had to be postponed due to cabinet commitments. This was very disappointing as we had hoped to inform the minister of our future projects for the school and gain his and the Dept’s support.
  • The children will perform a Christmas pageant in Farran church on Mon. Dec. 21st at 7.30p.m. All are welcome to attend. There will be a collection box at the church door on the night, and any voluntary contributions towards the ever rising costs of running the school will be greatly appreciated.
  • We have great expectations that Santa Claus will be able to fit in a visit to the school on Tue. 22nd before we close for the holidays.
  • Finally we would like to wish all our families and all those in the wider community who helped and supported us throughout the year a very happy, holy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.